16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Prize

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The worldwide protests were inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who camped out in front of parliament in Stockholm previous year to demand action from world leaders on global warming.

Iosef Boraei, a youth activist with Young Friends of the Earth Cyprus who helped organize strikes in Nicosia, said students are striking because young people "are on the front line of climate change".

Kids don't get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for skipping school - with the exception of Greta Thunberg.

"And you know who you are, you that have ignored this", she said.

Young Derry students at a number of Derry schools will tomorrow leave their classrooms in a staged "strike" to attend a protest on climate change. "We can feel that something is happening", he said. "We saw it in 1968".

"This is young people taking the reins and realising that they do have people power, that's really awesome", Abigail O'Regan, 20, told AFP in the New Zealand capital.

It is hard for them to know how to react in the face of a younger generation who don't yet have the right to vote but are determined to have their say.

"Ultimately, we are demanding the preservation of our future", Shaikh said. Students will gather at the Boulder Bandshell at 12 p.m. Friday before marching downtown.

"A lot happens on social media because you can reach a lot of young people very quickly", she told The Associated Press.

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San Diego High school students rally outside City Hall for #YouthClimateStrike.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have publicly welcomed the student protests, even as their policies have been criticized as too limited by environmental activists.

In August 2018, Thunberg began camping outside the Riksdag, claiming that the Swedish parliament had not maintained the country's commitments to the Paris Agreement from 2015.

"You can live a greener lifestyle, you can go vegan or whatever it is, but the real problem is corporations and the sheer amount of Carbon dioxide they emit".

Scientists have warned for decades that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are unsustainable, so far with little effect.

As she prepared to march through central Wellington to parliament, O'Regan said she was concerned that by the time she was raising a family the planet would be close to unlivable. This strike isn't just a protest, it's also a symbol of moving forward and making progress on climate change legislation.

She said: "For my birthday I asked everyone to come here today, we won't have a future if we don't act now".

At a press conference announcing the amicus brief, students from the climate lawsuits declared their intent to strike and echoed the sentiments of Villasenor, Thunberg and others: why go to school, when the jobs they're training for might not be around?

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